NBA rumors: Three clubs in Spain's Liga ACB interested in JJ Barea

Three clubs in Spain’s ACB League have already shown some interest in Puerto Rican point guard José Juan Barea. This was made known by Puerto Rican agent Christian Santaella, a friend of the Dallas Mavericks bucket-getter and who has communicated the interest of these teams to Barea.

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Santaella believes that Barea will be out on the court for one or two more seasons. His priority will be to return to the NBA. “José is not going to let his NBA chapter close like this. He has basketball left and I understand that he can play 15 to 18 minutes per high-level game. This season, his time on the court was productive. He did not play much because the team wanted to give young people more opportunities. I think some NBA team is going to offer him a one-year deal. In the worst case scenario, he would go to play in the ACB where there are teams that have asked for him. I imagine he is going to rest for a while and in November and December he will decide where he is going to play. I don't see him retiring right now,” Santaella said.
José Juan Barea described today as “frustrating” that he did not have the opportunity to contribute to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA postseason, which concluded for his team on Sunday, and leaving the Puerto Rican player with many questions about what his future will be in the league and in the game.
“I still want to play basketball; I feel like I can still play basketball, ” said the Puerto Rican national team point guard. “I don't know exactly where. If it is going to be in Dallas, I know what they want is to move me to coach. If I want to play basketball, I have to go the other way,” he added.
Moving to another NBA city are options for him, as will playing in Europe, particularly in Spain, which has the second best-known league in the world in the ACB. “For now I want to play in the NBA. I haven't thought much about other options. There will be (options), but I am used to this life and the NBA,” he said. “Spain is always an option. It was my plan B before I got to the NBA. That was many years ago,” he added.
Tim MacMahon: J.J. Barea signed a one-year veteran’s minimum deal with the Mavs today, he said. Barea, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, expects to be cleared to fully participate in training camp.
Ken Berger: Was told J.J. Barea back to Mavs (2 years, $5.6m) was 98 pct done. Now, 100 pct, as Barea tells El Nuevo Dia he'll be back in Dallas.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks remain in a strong position to re-sign guard J.J. Barea, who rejoined the team last season on a veteran’s minimum deal. Barea, like Terry, was a vital cog on the championship team in 2011. Barea has other options, most notably with the Miami Heat. But a source said that the Mavericks believe it is trending in a good direction and that Barea could be set to sign for the cap-room exception of $2.8-million and likely would get at least a two-year deal, with the possibility of a three-year agreement with a player option for that third season.
Ken Berger: The Mavs are close to a deal to bring back point guard J.J. Barea, league source tells @CBSSports. Need PG, same agent as DeAndre Jordan.
The Dallas Mavericks feel they are very much in the game to retain the services of free agent point guard J.J. Barea, a source told the The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko. Barea, who has also had chats with the Miami Heat, has not yet committed to anything, the source said.
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